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N E W S T he NCGA and our mem- ber clubs all use a variety of software products to manage our club business. These evolve over time. Some of them have been driven by the USGA (such as GHIN and the new Golf Genius-based Tournament Management solution). One such product used by many, GHIN clubhouse, was recently discontinued. We saw and heard there was a need for a new solution to help club leaders manage rosters, payments and communicate with members, so we have partnered with MemberPlanet to deliver a best-in-class experience – and we are picking up the tab! The MemberPlanet solution gives clubs a simple online web portal they can customize to their brand, support online payment processing and leverage a variety of communication tools. Club leaders can learn more about this at or contact us at NCGA's New Member Management Suite B rett Armstrong has been named the new general manager at Poppy Ridge Golf Course. He has main- tained a strong presence within the Northern California golf community and region for the past 15 years. A PGA Class "A" professional with substantial golf and hospitality experience, Armstrong previously served as Director of Golf at Half Moon Bay Golf Links, where along with other duties he oversaw all aspects of the 36-hole Golf Operation, the on-site Food and Beverage division, Revenue Management, Merchandising and Player Development. During his tenure, Food and Beverage gross revenue increased 13%, while Retail Operations gross revenue also experienced substantial growth. Prior to being Director of Golf, Armstrong, a graduate of University of California Santa Barbara, was the Group Event Director for Half Moon Bay GL. "We feel extremely fortunate to have Brett Armstrong join us at our NCGA Bay Area flagship property at Poppy Ridge," stated Poppy Holding COO Steve Schroeder. "We believe that Brett's requisite skills and industry experience are a natural fit to enhance the Poppy Ridge experience and operation." Armstrong commenced his duties at Poppy Ridge effective July 1. F ormer Poppy Hills GC First Assistant Golf Course Superintendent Lupe Orozco was promoted to Golf Course Superintend- ent as of June 1. Orozco has been a Poppy Hills employee for 21 years, having started in 1998 as a bus- boy in the restaurant. The now 39-year-old earned his turf degree in 2016 after success- fully completing The Profes- sional Golf Turf Management Program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. "My goal is to have the course at championship conditions on a daily basis," Orozco said. "My heart is here at Poppy Hills." After just four months of bussing tables in the restaurant, Orozco was transferred to the Poppy Hills maintenance staff, when then-Poppy Hills Superin- tendent Manny Sousa required additional personnel for a drainage project. He's been a part of the Poppy Hills maintenance staff ever since. Orozco has been an integral figure in among other things Robert Trent Jones, Jr.'s 2014 renovation and the course conditions during the 2018 U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, which received rave reviews from the USGA. "Lupe has demonstrated the requisite skills, passion and hands-on management approach to maintain the golf course in consistently top condition," said Poppy Holding COO Steve Schroeder. "With his enthusiasm and commitment to the property, Poppy Hills should be in excellent shape for the enjoyment of our golfing patrons." NCGA.ORG | SUMMER 2019 71 Armstrong New GM at Poppy Ridge The Super Lupe Orozco Named Superintendent at Poppy Hills T he NCGA in part celebrated the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach with its first Member Appreciation Week. For one week in May, members had a chance at winning tickets to the championship. The lucky seven winners were: G. Matsushita, J. Wood, D. Stein, R. Menke, J. Baik, E. Mozen and B. Fox. We hope they enjoyed the event! Lucky Seven

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